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Romford
Felixstowe & Walton United
J COX (73'), J CHIDYAUSIKU (63'), C JEAKINS (46')
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Sat 27 Apr 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Attendance 113

ROMFORD 3 (0) - (0) 1 Felixstowe & Walton Attendance 113 - Rookery Hill

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Despite winning their final match of the season it was not enough to prevent Romford from being relegated on goal difference

However, they may still be rewarded for picking up thirteen points out of a possible fifteen in April as the demise of other clubs during the season may open the door to a possible reprieve, with Boro having the best points per game ratio of all the teams who finished second from bottom in the seven leagues at their level.

Once again during an even first half where chances were at premium Romford did not look like a team fighting relegation, being just as good as the ninth placed visitors. Witham Town who had the same number of points as Boro but had a four goal better goal difference were also drawing 0-0 at the break, so everything would be decided in the final forty five minutes of the campaign.

It was a dream start to the second half for Romford after only a minute when Ayo OLUKOGA's cross was glanced in by the head of Craig JEAKINS. Felixstowe went close, then a Greg AKPELE effort was blocked but fell to Jimmy COX who saw his powerful shot somehow headed off the line by a defender. Boro were only to be denied for a few more minutes though as a Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU drive from an acute angle on the right surprised everyone when it bent in and rebounded into the net via the inside of the far post. But in between times depressing news had come through from Basildon that Witham had taken a two goal lead.

Darren Mills then pulled one back for Felixstowe but Romford were undaunted, and after seventy three minutes Jimmy COX dribbled across the edge of the box before picking his spot for number three. In the time remaining Boro never gave up their chase for more goals whilst hoping for a miracle at Basildon, but it was not to be. It goes without saying that they were cheered off at the end after a wonderful fighting performance against the odds and whatever their eventual fate, can hold their heads up high.

Team Harry ALDRIDGE, Danny COSSINGTON, Reece HEWITT, John MASKELL (c), Ayo OLUKOGA, Danny NESBITT, Philip Brown-Bampoe, Craig JEAKINS (Chris TAYLOR 90), Jimmy COX (Max BOLTON 90), Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU, Greg AKPELE
Unused Subs: Toby Barlow, Pedro Carvalho, Malaki Toussaint

Goals: Craig JEAKINS 46, Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU 63, Jimmy COX 73

Key moments

46:00
Goal Craig JEAKINS scores for Romford
63:00
Goal Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU scores for Romford
73:00
Goal Jimmy COX scores for Romford

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Jimmy COX is substituted off for Romford
90:00 Sub On
Max BOLTON is substituted on for Romford
90:00 Sub On
Chris TAYLOR is substituted on for Romford
90:00 Sub Off
Craig JEAKINS is substituted off for Romford
73:00 Goal 3 - 0
Jimmy COX scores for Romford
63:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU scores for Romford
46:00 Goal 1 - 0
Craig JEAKINS scores for Romford
46:00 Assist
Ayo OLUKOGA makes an assist for Romford
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As it happened

  • Romford
  • Felixstowe & Walton United
  • 0
  • Craig JEAKINS Goal 46:00'
  • Ayo OLUKOGA Assist 46:00'
  • Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU Goal 63:00'
  • Jimmy COX Goal 73:00'
  • Jimmy COX Sub Off 90:00'
  • Max BOLTON Sub On 90:00'
  • Chris TAYLOR Sub On 90:00'
  • Craig JEAKINS Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

ALDRIDGE, Harry ALDRIDGE, Harry
COSSINGTON, Danny COSSINGTON, Danny
HEWITT, Reece HEWITT, Reece
AKPELE, Greg AKPELE, Greg
MASKELL, John MASKELL, John
NESBITT, Danny NESBITT, Danny
BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip BROWN-BAMPOE, Phillip
JEAKINS, Craig JEAKINS, Craig
CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph CHIDYAUSIKU, Joseph
OLUKOGA, Ayo OLUKOGA, Ayo
COX, Jimmy COX, Jimmy

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Dereham Town 38 44
15. Great Wakering Rovers 38 41
16. Soham Town Rangers 38 40
17. Basildon United 38 39
18. Witham Town 38 34
19. Romford 38 34
20. Mildenhall Town 38 27

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